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Getty plans major SoCal architecture show, and funds seven others

August 1, 2011 |  3:49 pm

When the region-wide, Getty-funded celebration of Southern California art history known as Pacific Standard Time kicks off in October, local museums will showcase a range of early paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, ceramics and design objects. With a few exceptions (such as the upcoming Cliff May show at UC Santa Barbara), architecture is not the focus. But the Getty is now taking steps to give the pioneers of L.A.’s built environment their due: organizing a series of architecture exhibitions that will sweep the region in 2013.

Wim de Wit, Christopher James Alexander and Rani Singh of the Getty Research Institute are planning a 1940 to 1990 architecture survey to appear at the Getty Museum in mid-2013 as a sort of anchor show, while the Getty Foundation is finalizing grants to partner institutions to develop shows on topics of their choice to run at roughly the same time.

“The grants are going out right now,” said Deborah Marrow, on her first day back on the job as director of the Getty Foundation. (She had served as the J. Paul Getty Trust interim president and CEO until James Cuno’s arrival on the job this week.)  She confirmed that the Hammer Museum, MOCA, the Architecture and Design Museum, Cal Poly Pomona, the MAK Center, SCI-Arc and  UC Santa Barbara are receiving amounts ranging from $135,000 to $175,000, for a total around $1 million. Topics range from broad historical themes to single artists such as A. Quincy Jones at the Hammer. 

Just don’t call it a sequel to Pacific Standard Time. “This is not a second Pacific Standard Time, which was 10 years in the planning,” Marrow says. “It’s smaller in scale and it’s too early for another one—we need to experience this one first. But it is an example of how Pacific Standard Time, even before it opens, is already stimulating new collaborations.”

-- Jori Finkel


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-- Jori Finkel

Photo: A. Quincy Jones designed the Holmby Hills home of the late art collectors Frances and Sidney Brody, which was sold last year for $14.8 million. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times